Friday, October 22, 2010

Hard to reach Second base...

...if your foot is still on first (and I don't mean this as a dating metaphor).

It is true that at times we have to leave first to get to second. Some corollary aphorisms are:

    • Any ship is safe as long as it stays in port, but that's not what ships are made for
    • The dangers of life are infinite and safety is among them (Goethe)
The point being that safety is attractive and comfortable, but probably not for all of us. It is certainly not for those who strive to do something new.  Most new activities, especially those that could become great, involve some risk or perceived risk. Chris Guillebeau asked the question "What would you do if you knew you could not fail"

That's a powerful question and I think the answer is obvious. We would change the world. Well, to extend my original metaphor, if changing the world is a homerun, then we certainly can't get there with our foot on first. If we set out to change the world and we only make it to second or third base, we've still done something pretty great.

Sounds like we should go for it.

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